EuroHPC - Europe's journey to exascale HPC
On these pages, the team of Primeur Magazine keeps you up to date on the EuroHPC developments. EuroHPC is a joint collaboration between European countries and the European Union about developing and supporting exascale supercomputing by 2022/2023. The EuroHPC declaration, signed on March 23 2017 signed by 7 countries marked the beginning of EuroHPC.
On September 28, 2018 The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) was formally established by the European Council. This marks an important milestone in Europe's exascale journey.
On November 6, 2018 the first meeting of the Governance Board was held in Luxembourg.
On January 21st, 2019, EuroHPC JU published its first call: hosting entities for pre-exascale supercomputers. See our introduction: "So you want to host a 250 million euro European pre-exascale supercomputer with EuroHPC funding?"
On February 15, 2019, the second call was opened: EuroHPC opens call for at least two petascale hosting entities - budget 30 million Euro
Both calls are closed now. There are three candidates for pre-exascale supercomputers and five for petascale supercomputers.
What can we expect for 2019?
- The first calls for projects that have been transfered from H2020 will be opened. The work programme for the coming 2 years will be published. The HPC community is eagerly waiting about news on this. We at Primeur expect official announcements in March 2019. (In March we learned that this will be delayed to probably June or later.)
- Selection process started for petascale and pre-exascale supercomputers. Pre-exascale machines, at least one with "European technology" are planned for 2021. So the process has to start in 2019. Currently there are three countries/institutes that have said they are candidate: CSC in Finland, CINECA in Italy and BSC in Spain. Investement decisions for petascale systems - Luxembourg is amongst the prominent candidates - will also be taken early 2019.
- The European Processor Initiative will finally get under way. It will also become clear in 2019 whether the choice for RISC-V as the core processor IP will prove to be correct.
- Although not in scope of the current phase of EuroHPC JU, there are already two candidates for an exascale supercomputer (co-)funded by EuroHPC JU: CEA in France, and Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany.
We did add a - still experimental - timeline displaying the development of EuroHPC during the past two years.
The known candidates to host pre-exascale and exascale EuroHPC systems.